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James Gunn 'In Talks' To Write And Direct 'Suicide Squad 2'

Director James Gunn is reported to be in talks with DC to write and direct the next Suicide Squad film.

James Gunn 'In Talks' To Write And Direct 'Suicide Squad 2'

TheWrap reported 'three insiders' have said Gunn will introduce a whole new take to the superhero film franchise, which features some of DC's most famous villains, including Harley Quinn, The Joker, Deadshot, Enchantress and Killer Croc, among others.

 

Additionally, Gizmodo reported it had confirmed with Warner Bros. that Gunn is in talks to write, with 'an eye to direct' the yet-to-be-named Suicide Squad 2.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

In July, Gunn was sacking from Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, after offensive tweets from a decade earlier were unearthed, following his criticism of US President Donald Trump.

A move to Marvel's comic book rivals of old, DC, only adds intrigue to the ongoing saga, which has seen the likes of GOTG star Dave Bautista blast the Disney corporation, which now owns Marvel.

The first Suicide Squad film, which was released in 2016 and directed by David Ayer, received mixed reviews, but did earn nearly $750 million worldwide - massive in comparison to its $175 million budget, before promotion and advertising.

 

Credit: DC/Warner Bros
Credit: DC/Warner Bros

As Gunn wrote the screenplays for both the first and second installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy films it'll be interesting to see what he brings to Marvel's rivals as he is considered to be a major steal from the company.

The director was fired from the Disney franchise of films after tweets from years ago saw revealed jokes in poor taste, concerning rape and pedophilia - since then, Gunn has apologised and said he had grown as a person in the years since the jokes.

Gunn has since deleted his Twitter account, but before he did, he wrote the following statement via the social media platform: "Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo.

 

"As I have discussed publicly many times, as I've developed as a person, so has my work and my humour."

The new Suicide Squad movie is going to be produced by Peter Safran who is famously known for producing films from the highly-successful Conjuring film franchise, including the 2018 film The Nun.

Though it doesn't yet have a release date, fans will be intrigued to see where Gunn can take the franchise following a mixed critical reception for the first installment.

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